Woman Of Substance - Donna Parchment Brown

Almost one year ago, on November 16, Jamaica’s Governor General Sir Patrick Allen appointed Donna Parchment Brown as the Political Ombudsman. Former Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St Andrew, the woman from the Breadbasket Parish was well equipped for the task ahead.

The first child of Rosetta and J.H.D. Parchment, the journey of public speaking, leadership and volunteerism began at Hampton School. Her talent blossomed as she became a part of the School’s Challenge Quiz team and later head girl.

Fresh from high school, with an attitude to excel, Parchment Brown moved to Kingston and enrolled at the University of the West Indies. She studied government, transferred to law, completed her legal training at the Norman Manley Law School and was called to the Bar in 1981. Her quest for knowledge grew and she benefited from short training courses from Capital University Law and Graduate Centre, Kettering Foundation, Eastern Mennonite University, Cambridge University and the School of advanced Legal Studies.

In 1990, Parchment Brown was appointed justice of the peace and received the National award, Order of Distinction Commander Class in 2004. As her career advanced, she worked with distinguished firms such as Milholland, Ashenheim and Stone, The Prices Commission, The General Legal Council, City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Limited, the Dispute Resolution Foundation, and successor of the Mediation Council of Jamaica. Read more

Source: Jamaica Gleaner